Chirkunda Refractory Industries (Jharkhand)


Chirkunda, in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand, has a large number of industrial units-most of them MSMEs-as the area is rich in mineral resources such as coal, lime stone, fire clay, china clay, granite, stone and sand. Among the industries located in and around Chirkunda is a 100-year-old cluster of 129 refractory units, of which 120 units use down draft (DD) kilns, and the remaining 9 units use tunnel kilns. The refractory products from the cluster are used across the country, with over 95% of products sold outside the state. The primary domestic market includes large steel manufacturing industries located within 200 kilometres of Chirkunda such as TISCO (Digwadih), TELCO (Jamshedpur), IISCO (Jamadoba), Bokaro Steel, SAIL (Durgapur), and Alloy Steels Plant (Durgapur). A small quantity of refractory products is also exported to neighbouring countries.

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Coal, petcoke, electricity, diesel

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Other resources

  • MSME Development Institute (MSME-DI), Dhanbad

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